DONETSK, February 18 (RAPSI) – The Prosecutor General’s Office of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic brought charges against Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council Alexander Turchinov accusing them of waging a war, Donetsk News Agency (DAN) reported on Wednesday.

Ukrainian authorities refused to recognize the the breakaway people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, sent armed groups and punitive battalions to the region, according to prosecutors.

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France on February 12 met in Minsk to discuss the Ukrainian crisis. They agreed on a deal to end fighting in eastern Ukraine. The plan included a cease-fire, followed by the withdrawal of heavy weapons.

In April 2014, Kiev started a military operation against Donbas residents who did not accept the results of the February coup. According to the UN, over 5,600 people have died in Ukraine since the start of the armed conflict.